Young men at greater risk for alcohol dependence

The number of young men who drink sufficient amounts of alcohol that they risk becoming dependent has almost doubled in four years, according to a forthcoming report from the National Institute of Public Health (Statens folkhälsoinstitut – FHI).

The number of alcohol-related injuries has also increased, reports Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) newspaper.

“We are seeing several extremely troublesome developments,” said FHI’s Nils Stenström, who was the main author of the forthcoming report on drug prevention that is to be submitted to the Swedish government.

Most evident is that an increasing number of young men between the ages of 20 and 29 drink so much that they run the risk of becoming dependent on alcohol. The risk level for the entire group increased significantly between 2004 and 2008.

Among men aged 20-24, those at risk increased from 9 to 13 percent. Among women aged 25-29, the number at risk increased from six to eight percent.

Only among women in the 20-24 age group was there a decrease, from 10 to 8 percent. In the population as a whole, seven percent had risky alcohol consumption habits, according to statistics from 2008.

Acute alcohol-related injuries – such as alcohol poisoning, abuse, and drunk driving – have also increased.

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